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Once Upon a Time Review: Who Gets Eaten?

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I've been waiting a long time to get the back story on Ruby, the infamous Red Riding Hood's counterpart in Storybrooke. Finally, "Red-Handed" revealed a Red we'd never seen before.

Once Upon a Time is fascinating in that it takes a world we thought we knew and makes it more than we ever dreamed.

I found myself guessing about the wolf throughout the episode. Was it creature or myth? Human or animal? I didn't think it was Peter because he seemed so incredibly clueless when Red told him her theory. How could someone have no idea that they were frequently turning into a wolf. 

Then I thought perhaps it was Granny and at least that wasn't far off the mark. 

But poor Red was totally blindsided, being shown a side to herself she never thought existed. It was too bad Granny had never told her the truth. She could have held some power in protecting herself an d perhaps Peter would have lived.

Having her literally devour her boyfriend was quite the twist. Somehow salacious and horrifying all at once.

I loved all of the details that went into this story. That she always wore a red cloak because it had magical powers to protect her from the curse was a creative touch.

Snow's friendship with Red was certainly a highlight. These two had a nice chemistry and I believed them as instant friends. However I did wonder why Snow came up with the name Mary.  I suppose it was better than Frosty.

Fallen in the Forest

Back in Storybrooke, Ruby had a falling out with Granny that sent her looking for a job. 

Speaking of Granny the old woman certainly had a mean streak, telling her granddaughter she dressed like a transvestite during Fleet week. Funny but certainly not nice.

Ruby's tracking abilities came to light when she somehow heard David as he was unconscious in the woods. That was definitely a mystery until her fairy tale history was revealed.

I enjoyed the suspense as they never actually showed us what was in the box, just the horror on Ruby's face when she opened it. My one disappointment was that Ruby went back to the diner. I would have liked to have seen her work with Emma a while longer. They made an interesting pair.

So the only character we know of that keeps a collection of hearts on hand is dear Regina. Since she also hates Mary Margaret for being her fairy tale step-daughter, it would seem that Regina's framing her prey.

But was that really Kathryn's heart in the box and if not, then where is she?  And was David's strange experience in the woods just a throwback to his coma?  Will Red's wolf-like abilities ever come into play again?  Share your thoughts until we get to next week's Once Upon a Time.

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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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    Also, Red and Snow together in the woulds- I half expected them to encounter a talking bear. It just reminded me of the Grimm fairytale "Snow White and Rose Red" where the two sisters welcome a bear into their home for the winter and then later in the spring encounter an ungrateful Dwarf several times until in the last encounter he is running from the bear and actually offers up the girls just to save his own skin. The bear doesn't buy it and kills the Dwarf and it is revealed the bear was actually a prince cursed into the form of a bear by the Dwarf. He transforms back when he finally kills the Dwarf.

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    Is anyone else hoping(or wishing in vain) that Peter didn't actually die. That it wasn't him Red was munchin' on?

    I thought it was really clever to have her boyfriend named Peter. It's almost too perfect an idea and I would have loved to see them continue in their relationship as I am assuming this Peter is THE Peter. I mean look at the parallels. Two children, one off to visit her granny in the woods, one living with his gramps near a meadow, they both wander where they shouldn't go and both encounter a wolf. There was even a nod toward the rope that Peter uses to catch the wolf in this episode, but surprise, this Peter has chains instead. Red from Red Riding Hood and Peter from Peter and the Wolf. I never would have thought shipping them together would work so well.

    Also, Red and Snow together in the woulds- I half expected them to encounter a talking bear. It just reminded me of the Grimm fairytale "Snow White and Rose Red" where the two sisters welcome a bear into their home for the winter and then later in the spring encounter an ungrateful Dwarf several times until in the last encounter he is running from the bear and actually offers up the girls just to save his own skin. The bear doesn't buy it and kills the Dwarf and it is revealed the bear was actually a prince cursed into the form of a bear by the Dwarf. He transforms back when he finally kills the Dwarf.

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    @Applecobbler... Granny mentioned that Red was prone to sneaking out... obviously without her cloak! Remember when she was going to check the chickens she didn't have her cloak and Granny had to remind her. I agree that it was weak writing in that bit but they did mention it. GREAT episode... agree that Red being the wolf was a surprise. Also agree that it is frustrating that Regina seems to have all the power.

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    @Allison-I totally agree with you.
    Combine that with -Granny constantly made Red wear the red cloak to ward off the curse (Granny states this in the FT storyline).... so this also would stop the change....(seeing MM wore the cloak to bed when she was trying to trick Granny into thinking she was Red I can only assume Red also wore the cloak 24/7.....).... definitly confusing.
    I absolutely enjoyed this episode but that 1 piece just didn't add up...... I do hope that Emma convinces Ruby to continue help her, maybe working for her part time. Help in looking for Kathyrn...going back to the scene of the accident and Ruby using her newly found tracking skills.

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    I'm confused with that how was red the wolf if her grandma never let her out at night?

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    I didn't want ruby to go back to the dinner. She should keep helping. Then again, if that happens there will be another story line and i'd rather have one main and a billion others equally important. So i don't know about that.

    Why the hell did Snow chose "Margeret.. uh no Mary"? what was that? Is there a story behind the names that were chosen?
    what is really wrong with David? (is he a werewolf too? lol)
    What is the story with granny's scar in real life? It hurts every full moon... how do they explain that in real life?

    But i love this show... specially the act it's not much suspense, but just enough to keep you attached but not frustrating like those other shows airing. I mean here you don't want to see the evil queen defeated, you just want as many characters and stories as you can get!

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    Umm... Anyone felt like we've kind of seen this story about red but with a slight changes (though Meghan Ory beated Amanda Seyfried in this story, and devouring the boyfriend is more exciting than the ending of Red Ridding Hood), and honestly, i know most of you didn't but the moment there was Peter on the window i knew it was going to be red, my instincts directly looked back to that movie. I mean Peter (same name in the movie) is the boyfriend no one wants her to be with, then she is all about running away even if he is the wolf... then finds out the werewolf gene is in her not her boyfriend. Hmm writers, what happened here???

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    I love this show and this episode was fantastic! I totally did NOT see it coming that Red/Ruby was the wolf!!! The way they interweave the stories and the twists about the characters is just so good. The girl who plays Red/Ruby is gorgeous and a very good actress, too. I did enjoy her time with Emma, I, too was sad to see it end but it was sweet that she reunited with her Granny. Poor David, I'm dying to see what's going on with him. I did miss the hot Mr. Gold! Don't care for the guy playing the stranger, he is kind of annoying.

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    Very interesting twist on the Red Riding Hood story. It's been said that the original story is a metaphor for menstruation. So I thought was kind of funny that Red's changing into a wolf was a monthly cycle, based on the phases of the moon. Not so funny: She ate her boyfriend.
    I just had a thought. What if Henry's father is Peter Pan?

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    Don't quite understand why there are so many comments about Regina since she wasn't in this episode very much. I'll just remind people that she may not have a hand in the heart-in-a-box. Remember, Mr. Gold exited those woods around episode 3 or 4 with a shovel in hand. Don't think that box was ever supposed to be found because of its location near the river, under a piece of wood. I don't think Regina has the upper hand in anything since Emma's arrival, especially since we saw Mr. Gold challenging her. Really enjoying this series!




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